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Hospital - patient active observation

By Admin | March 29, 2017

It looks like patients fare better while hospitals are under inspection, reports the Joint Commission. In fact, patients are far less likely to die within 30 days of admission while the Joint Commission is present and supervising.

But why? During these surprise visits, all staff are aware they’re being supervised and are more likely to do thorough jobs and practice vigilance.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a study comparing patient mortality in the three weeks before, during, and three weeks after an announced inspection.

They discovered that there was a 5.9% decrease in deaths during the survey periods.

For more, read “The upside of surprise Joint Commission surveys: Lower patient death rates” by Fierce Healthcare.

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